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Poll: Most Idahoans approve of President Trump's job performance
Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
When it comes to GOP President Donald Trump, Idahoans are about the opposite of the nation, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows. In fact, Trump may want to spend more time in Idaho – for they seem to see the world – at least in reference to Trump himself – probably more like he does. A new Dan Jones & Associates poll, conducted for the...

Economic outlook: U.S. labor crunch threatens business growth
Robert Spendlove, Zions Bank economic and public policy officer
It has been nearly eight years since the end of the Great Recession and many businesses in the United States are still struggling to grow, but this time for a different reason – a lack of qualified workers. From technology companies in Lehi, to homebuilders in Boise, there is a growing divide between the number of job openings and the number of...

Shake-up in the race for governor
Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Then there were three. Last week, former state Sen. Russ Fulcher dropped out of the 2018 Republican race to be Idaho’s next governor. Instead, he jumped into the race for Congressman Raul Labrador’s congressional seat. Many had expected the two to split the conservative vote in 2018’s GOP primary. That leaves Labrador, Lt. Gov. Brad Little and...

First District race gives Fulcher his best chance of winning
Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Former Sen. Russ Fulcher’s decision to drop out of the governor’s race is a blow to supporters and friends who have worked years to help their man get elected to the state’s highest office. But here’s the consolation prize: He’s leaving a governor’s race that he had practically no chance of winning, and running for the First District...

Guest opinion: Clive Strong leaves legacy of service in the AG’s office
Jim Jones
As Chief of the Idaho Attorney General’s Natural Resources Division for over 32 years, Clive Strong has done more good for the state than practically any other public servant. I hired Clive as a deputy attorney general in August of 1983 and within 30 days he was up to his ears in the Swan Falls water rights fight between the state and Idaho...

Guest column: Pledging to help raise PTSD awareness
Sen. Mike Crapo
Captain Sarah C. Humphries served in the U.S. Army in Iraq. In a video on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website, Sarah explains how she knew she had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She describes an incident that occurred while walking with her son who was riding his bike: “We had just started walking down the street riding...

Poll: Idahoans support further military action in Syria
Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idahoans are feeling their oats when it comes to U.S. military action in the Syrian civil war, a new poll by Idaho Politics Weekly finds. Pollster Dan Jones & Associates’ new survey shows that 71 percent of Idahoans support GOP President Donald Trump’s airstrikes in Syria, after that country’s military used deadly nerve gas on its own citizens,...

Liberal federalism: A new twist on federal-state relationships
LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Traditionally, it has been Republicans and conservatives who have complained about an overbearing and all-powerful federal government. They have wanted to devolve power to states and local governments. Let the locals have more flexibility and freedom. Let there be diversity in the country, and let citizens choose where they live and vacation...

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Boise Chamber Business After Hours
When: Thursday, June 22, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Clearview Cleaning Service, 3660 W. Chinden Blvd, Garden City, ID
Food, drinks, and entertainment at Clearview Cleaning's new location on Chinden Boulevard. Enter the drawing for a chance to win an outdoor misting fan, high-end vacuum, or free home carpet cleaning. Join for a night of fun and networking. No RSVP needed. Free to Boise Chamber Members/$10 for Non-Members (pay at door). More info.

Idaho Democratic Party SCC Meeting
When: Friday June 23 - Saturday June 24
Where: Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way, Ponderay, ID
Friday night social and Saturday committee meetings and breakout sessions. Saturday evening banquet $55. More info.

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Idaho Headlines

Risch, questioning Comey, suggests testimony absolves Trump of obstructing justice (Spokesman-Review)

With no ethics reform on the ballot, Idaho lawmakers to examine the matter themselves (Spokesman-Review)

Once again, we just need a Senate vote for Idaho to get a new federal judge (Idaho Statesman)

Russ Fulcher makes it official: He’s leaving Idaho governor’s race to run for Congress (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho lawmakers pray for injured, praise Capitol police (Times-News)

Crapo-backed Russia sanctions bill passes Senate (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Idaho sits in back of the national classroom (Lewiston Tribune)

Group Ranks Idaho High On Scale Of Business ‘Dynamism’ (Boise State Public Radio)

How The U.S. Trade Deal With China Could Impact Idaho’s Beef Industry (Boise State Public Radio)

Conversations With Ambassadors 'Everyday Occurences,' Idaho's Jim Risch Says To Jeff Sessions (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Reps Oppose Trump Restrictions On Cuban Trade (Boise State Public Radio)

School District approves $54.78 million budget (Mountain Express)

Teachers’ salaries and insurance deductibles rise (Mountain Express)

Resignation sparks residency verification (Press-Tribune)

Applause for Smith’s defense of the state constitution (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Proposed Idaho rule results in closer wheat commission-industry relationship (Capital Press)

Idaho groundwater users leery of solar power development (Capital Press)

Idaho ranks No. 50 for per-pupil spending (Idaho Education News)

ISAT, SAT scores remain virtually flat (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines